The river Saar is a major tributary of the Moselle and flows through north-western France before entering into Germany. Its source can be found high up in the Vosges Mountains and it travels over 150 miles before it meets the Moselle close to Trier.
One of the most famous parts of the river is known as the Saar Loop. In this picturesque area, found at the German town of Mettlach, the river turns almost completely back on itself, creating an excellent photo opportunity and a chance to soak up the scenery. Contrasting with this is the Völklingen Ironworks, which has been given World Heritage status by UNESCO. Situated upriver from the Saar Loop, the ironworks played an important role in European industry during the 1900s and has now been turned into a science museum that shows how iron is made.
The most likely place you will visit on your Saar River cruise is Saarbrucken, although you may also get to visit Saarburg. The former is home to a great zoo and the Saarland museum, whilst the latter is a beautiful village with a quaint waterfall and a castle that offers excellent views.